I Shouldn’t Have To Legitimize My Pain For Others To Believe Me



By Claire Brumback in The Mighty.


“Why doesn’t anyone believe me?”

I ask myself this question too often.

I have chronic pain and suffer with it every day, but no one believes me. On days I can’t get out of bed, or days I go to the ER because the pain is unbearable, people still don’t believe me. Not my friends, my coworkers, my doctors… no one believes I’m sick.

Each hospital visit and doctor appointment draws more questions from my employer. “Why were you there again? Did they help you? Are you better now? When will you be back in the office? Can we have a note from the doctor?”

Every cancelled plan pushes friends away. “Why do you always cancel plans? You never feel well. You never want to hang out. Why don’t you take some pain medicine and come hang out with us anyway?”


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